Monday, December 29, 2008

One Dog Shy

Our house is one dog shy for a couple of months. We delivered Zanna the Wonder Pup to her hunter trainer on Saturday. She was so cute – at first, a little shy, but not so shy she couldn’t check everything out. She got to see her Mom, and two of her siblings. This is an important part of having a hunting dog, but it was sure hard to drop her off and leave her! We'll miss that little chica.

Here are some pictures of her driving stance. LaToya the Sequoia has a console between the driver and passenger seats, and this has become Zanna’s “place”. She rode and slept on that console, between us, the entire trip. Here's a picture - pardon the Crackberry quality.


It was so funny when ThatManILove came through the door Christmas Eve – Zanna didn’t bark at him. She went right up to him and started jumping up on him, excited to see him. Both ThatManILove and I were SO pleased. Even though she’d only been around him for a couple of weeks before he left for the PA, she remembered. Dogs are amazing.

Saturday night, we met John & Suzan, Gilbert & Sandra (Sandra’s a lurker on this blog, so y’all shout out to her!) for Mexican food at Grapevine, then went to our hotel. We arose bright and early yesterday morning, and went to Love Field to catch our flight to the PA. Which we did, barely. I forgot to allow for the huge holiday travel and associated bag check lines. Eeeeek! We boarded the plane with only 10 minutes to spare. Thank God, that's good enough for Southwest Airlines!
With only a little drama at Chicago (we pulled away from the airport, only to pull right back in and deplane due to a mechanical failure, then change planes entirely), we were soon on our way to the PA. (Southwest Airlines Seriously Rocks. Just saying. It would have taken Crapinental 2 days to get us out of that airport, and they would have blamed that mechanical failure on God's Will or weather, no refunds, no boarding, sorry.) We arrived in Pittsburgh around 6 p.m., got our baggage, and went to supper at Outback.

And now, we’re in Clearfield, PA. We’re going to pack up ThatManILove’s things and ship some home. In the next couple of days, we’ll be driving back to Texas, where we’ll celebrate our anniversary.

And for those inquiring minds that want to know, are ThatManILove and I Sync’d up? Oh, yes. And we're glad to finally be together again. All is well in our world.

All is well.

39 comments:

Carolina Girl said...

Awww that is so cute!!!! I love it! Dogs are the BEST. Even though I have cats, I wish I could have a house full of doggies too.

Tiffany said...

She is so cute! Although I'm sure you don't wanna hear that about your hunting dog. LOL

One time I taught my dad's hunting dog to shake hands and when he took her hunting, she ran up to everybody wanting to shake. LOL I wasn't allowed to "train" the dogs anymore.

Janie said...

Carolina Girl - they are great. I can't imagine my life without these dogs.

Tiffany - she is a cutie! And Zanna not only shakes, she will give you 5! You can train my dogs anytime. Our trainers want the dogs obedience trained before they get them for hunter training.

jill jill bo bill said...

So glad all is well in your world!! Don't forget to call if you come thru here! Can't wait to see you!!!! Love you!

The Wife said...

Glad to hear you're back in sync! The puppers is too cute!

I love Southwest. I agree they ROCK. Much better than any other airline. Be safe driving back.

Jenni Jiggety said...

What a beautiful dog! :-D Mine love to ride in the car, too!

amelia bedelia said...

I'm so glad things are good for you, love THAT DANG DOG OF YOURS!

Elaine A. said...

Glad to hear that all is well. : )

That's one "perdy" pup!

(p.s. thanks for the prayers!)

Happy New Year Janie

Janie said...

Jill - I'll call you when we get close and we can plan up! Love you too!

The Wife - syncing up is Good.

Jenni - she's a good pup.

Amelia - Zanna sends her love, too. Well, yeah. Thru the trainer at Decatur.

Elaine - no problema, chica. I'll be praying. And that Zanna girl knows she's a beauty!

Braja said...

I just love the name of that airport, Lovefield...sounds so funky...

Janie said...

Ah, girl. Don't ya know that Southwest is the LUV airline?

That's even their stock symbol.

Love is all we need!

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

She is beautiful!

And SO glad you're sync'd.....

It's been so long since I've been, I'm not sure I remember how.....

Library girl said...

Glad that you are all sorted. My friend went through the same thing when her partner went away for a couple of weeks. Very cool that Zanna will give you five...Wonder if I can train Mac lol.

darsden said...

Rudey dog loves to go anywhere I do. She is the best 50 bucks I ever spent. I know how hard it must be to drop one of your babies off and leave!

Simplicity said...

Your cup runneth over! :)

Thank you for your sweet words on my blog. You are a doll!!

Dogs are certainly wonderful companions!

La Belette Rouge said...

Adorable!!!Tomorrow I get my first puppy ever.
And, happy to hear about the syncing.:-)

Travel Writer said...

I love dogs... Am planning to kidnap yours,,, She is soo cute.. Just kidding about the kidnapping part!

Michelle J said...

YES for syncing!!! What else is there in life really???

Your doggie is so cute!!! I love doggies!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR my new friend!!! Love ya!!!

Sabrae Carter said...

Well will he be home for a while now??? I'm glad that you had a good time! UMMMMMM I don't honestly think I would have gotten on a plane at all if I had to de-board becuz of mechanical failure! YIKES!

Kaci said...

Our pouch Sarah loves to ride in the car too! Hope the time passes quickly! :(

Rick said...

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i beati said...

Great stuff -- What a beauty she is . How will Zack be with her gone ??

We all know how you were with your buddy gone hahah

Junosmom said...

I don't know how you stay sync'd with yourself - so much coming and going!

nikkicrumpet said...

It's very GOOD that everything is right in your world...what a great way to start 2009! As long as you've "packed" that is lol. Have a great one!

Pam said...

I totally understand the "syncing" deal. It was especially hard for me when the kids were still home...when dad was gone, I was the supreme authority, but when he got home, abdicating was sometimes a little dificil! (For all of us!)

It is still sometimes funky around here, particularly a day or two before he leaves on an extended trip as I am stretching my "alone" muscles and getting into total decision making on my own mode...not my favorite thing. It sometimes takes me a week to "sync up" when TBO gets back.

I have talked to several women whose hubbies were in the military and they have the same issues when hubby is on TDY or overseas and they are the ones left "in charge" while this is going on.

I have discovered, too, that I am learning not to spazz out when things happen now. I am stronger than I think, although I sure do miss TBO while he's gone.

CreoleInDC said...

This is a LOVELY blog!

Warped Mind of Ron said...

LOL... Zanna is so cute in her little spot :)

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Your dogs are beautiful.

Tabitha Blue said...

Aww sweet!!! And I bet it's bliss being back together!!!!! That was a long time!! Have fun on your drive

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

Far Side of Fifty said...

Glad y'all are together and having a good time. Poor pup off to school, hope you get to visit! :)

Vodka Mom said...

I am so sorry I missed you.


damn. That's just my kind of luck, girl.

Terri aka Pepsi's Mom said...

I totally get the syncing thing. We are going though it every week when I get back into town. I am so totally homesick!
I almost went nuts when Pepsi was at puppy school (we were not allowed to visit for 10 days)
Zanna is SOOOOOO pretty!
Happy New Year!

Susan said...

Beautiful baby, I mean pup! Glad you made it to PA. I totally agree with you re Southwest Airlines. They rock even when they probably shouldn't.

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I'm tempted to get rid of the slut but what if I'm not good enough? You know what I mean...

Thanks again...
S

Adventure girl wanna be said...

So glad you guys are in the same house again;) Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh;( I know you are going to miss your baby so much!

Janie said...

Sidney - thanks!

LibraryGirl - I know you can train the Mac!

Darsden - It was hard, but they e-mailed me today and said she was doing good!

Simplicity - yes, ma'am, my cup does runneth over!

Belette - I can't wait to see your pup!

TravelWriter - you can't kidnap her, but you can come dogsit anytime you'd like!

Michelle - nothing better than syncing! Happy New Year to you!

Sabrae - He'll be home for a bit, at least! That will be good.

Kaci - the time better pass fast! I miss that girl!

Rick - congrats on 2 years of blogging!

Sandy - hey, there! Zack will be fine, he'll enjoy the one on one attention.

Junosmom - I know, girl, I'm the travelocity queen.

Nikkicrumpet - I'm still packing - and it's time to come home!;)

Pam - I should take notes from you, girlfriend!

CreoleinDc - thanks, ma'am! come back to see us!

Ron - she is a cutie, isn't she?

Pseudonymous - they think they're beautiful, and we agree with you, and them!

Janie said...

Tabitha - it's good being back together. Love your blog!

Farsideoffifty - we may visit this week, on the way home!

VodkaMom - we'll catch up again soon, i promise!

Terri - I was wondering how that travel/job thing was going! Good to hear from you!

Susan - you are SOOOO good enough! All that stuff is about them, not you. don't you forget it!

Adventure Girl - we are doing good, it's good to have ThatManILove back at home. We will miss Zanna, but it won't be so long and she'll be back!

Tami said...

You is just gorgeous!

Pacing the Panic Room said...

Out of that entire post you barely mentioned mexican Food and now all I want to do is eat Tamales. Damn food addiction.

I have a huge affection for hunting dogs as the first book I can remember reading as a kid was 'Where The Red fern Grows"

Glad you are all together.

Janie said...

Tami - thanks, ma'am!

Pacing - I know. Mexican food. Yummmm. You'll have to get you some of those tamales. Or better yet, send me your address, and next time I'm in Pecos, I'll buy you some of those green chile tamales and mail them to you!

No kidding!